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Traveling Back to the 1950s with "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" The new hit show from Amy Sherman-Palladino ("Gilmore Girls") and Daniel Palladino ("Family Guy") takes viewers back to 1958 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan when life abruptly changes for Miriam "Midge" Maisel after her husband leaves her. Breaking the mold and trying stand-up comedy quickly lands Midge in jail, while also landing her a lot of laughs. Visual effects (VFX) veteran Lesley Robson-Foster ("Logan Lucky," "The Great Gatsby") joined the streaming series as VFX Supervisor. Robson-Foster and her team used a Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro digital film camera to shoot B roll, establishing shots and VFX plates for the series. ...Read More »
Assimilate Announces Scratch 9.0 - Major Update for Ultimate Performance and User-Friendly UI With version Scratch 9.0, Assimilate announces a major update to its entire Scratch product line at NAB 2018. As its most aggressive, highest-performing, and user-friendly product update to date, Assimilate's new Scratch 9.0 delivers a big boost in efficiency and performance, saving enormous amounts of time for DITs doing dailies and for all the creative functions throughout the post-production workflow. ...Read More »
Content Insider #562 - Taking Chances By Miles Weston I'm still trying to figure out fact from wishful thinking from the HPA Tech Retreat last week in Palm Desert, CA. It's not that easy. Why? We know a lot of EPs, DPs, DITs, editors, audio, creative people who work in the visual storytelling field. They all focus on delivering "the director's intent" to the content consumer even when that director is him or herself. They see things differently. They use the best, most advanced tools available to create something they can only see in their mind(s) and let the viewer interpret the message. Sometimes they bomb. Sometimes they hit the bullseye and people just get it. Most of the time the story works well enough to make them want to do it again. Are you willing to take those types of chances? ...Read More »
New VR Integrated Super Bundles from NextComputing, Z CAM, and ASSIMILATE NextComputing has joined forces with Z CAM and ASSIMILATE to create the complete turnkey VR Studio to give all content creators one-stop-shopping for a powerful, fully integrated VR workflow. Foundation VR Studio provides all you need for your immersive productions. The Power VR Studio gives you the extra boost for more challenging VR productions. ...Read More »
Director David F. Sandberg Takes a DIY Approach to Filmmaking on 'Annabelle: Creation' with Blackmagic Design Director David F. Sandberg has always had a passion for horror and sci-fi films. Though his résumé includes a variety of animation, documentary and short form drama projects, horror and sci-fi have always been the end goal. Sandberg's love of horror and DIY mentality helped spur his 2013 short film "Lights Out," which not only won the Best Director award in the Bloody Cuts Horror Challenge and went on to screen at film festivals around the world, picking up additional awards, but it also became a huge viral hit with more than 20 million views. Soon after "Lights Out," Sandberg was tapped to helm his most recent film, "Annabelle: Creation," a follow-up to 2014's hugely successful "Annabelle." ...Read More »
SCRATCH Delivers Flawless Performance for Barend Onneweer's "Instant Dreams" Barend Onneweer sees beauty in the perfection of the details for his digital cinema projects that include visual effects, animation, documentaries, feature films, short films, music videos, and more. In his studio, Raamw3rk (www.raamw3rk.net), in Gouda, The Netherlands, he has set up a SCRATCH post-production workflow that gives him flawless performance for perfecting his work. One of his recent projects, the documentary "Instant Dreams", tells the story of a group of scientists who were trying to unravel the chemical formula of the Polaroid camera. Advocates for a new Polaroid camera and former Polaroid-users eagerly await its rebirth. Each person, in their own way, tries to keep their instant dream alive. ...Read More »
BORIS FX showcase at NAB By Ko Maruyama BORISFX has announced some great news for NAB. With the NABShow just around the corner, it is exciting to see what video effects companies are offering artists this spring. Also at NABShow, attendees get an opportunity to see professional skills showcased and shared throughout the hall. ...Read More »
Media Content and the Web - Meeting Again for the First Time with VR Casting By Forest Key, Founder and CEO of Pixvana Until recently, VR video creators have only been able to distribute content by developing their own apps for sharing. This is a very time intensive, tedious journey and it has presented a major barrier for the next generation of digital content pioneers, preventing them from bringing their productions into the world and reaching broad audiences. However, in February, Pixvana, a Seattle-based company that's powering the future of XR storytelling, introduced a new technology that eliminates this barrier for the creators of immersive media, and makes the distribution of VR content feasible for the masses. ...Read More »
Student Filmmakers Tackle the All American High School Film Festival with Blackmagic Design Founded in 2013, the All American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF) has quickly become the world's largest high school film festival. Receiving nearly 5,000 films representing 48 states and more than 40 countries, the festival gives a voice to those that have found their passion for filmmaking early. Packed with screenings, workshops, an Interactive Technology Showcase, award show and more, the festival brings together student filmmakers who want to showcase their films and learn from each other, as well as experts in the field. ...Read More »
The Making of VR/360 "Expedition Antarctica" Neotopy includes storytellers, filmmakers and sound engineers who specialize in immersive VR/360 cinematic experiences. Their skills and talents make one of their most recent projects, "Expedition Antarctica", a breathtaking VR/360 experience of the nature and wildlife of Antarctica. Alexandre Regeffe recently discussed the development of the VR project and how Neotopy managed the VR/360 post-production process. ...Read More »
Trick or Treat: Trick Digital Tackles Visual Effects for "Jeepers Creepers III" with Fusion Studio The chills continue in "Jeepers Creepers III," the latest film in the "Jeepers Creepers" franchise. The Creeper was first introduced to audiences in 2001 when it terrorized siblings Trish and Darry Jenner. It then returned to the big screen in 2003 when it attacked a school bus full of high school basketball players and cheerleaders. Now in the third installment, "Jeepers Creepers III" shows what happened in the days between the first two movies when the Creeper was still hunting for victims. Adam Clark of Trick Digital was the film's visual effects (VFX) supervisor who was tasked with bringing the Creeper to life in the new film. ...Read More »
Content Insider #557 - Fresh Start By Miles Weston Sundance was "different" this year. The #MeToo ground rules took center stage this year with some good projects where females and minorities found their voice. There were some great leading edge/edgy projects to view. There was a solid set of VR (virtual reality) offerings that showed the technology is finding its way and its place in personal and group immersive entertainment. It's found its way and is moving to become commercially viable, not just another cute oddity. There was a whole lot of angst as to how aggressive the distributors were going to be with their checkbooks. Not a lot of them wrote big checks in the past and they said it was because the excitement quality wasn't there. They're hungry for the hits but they have to be the safe hits. ...Read More »
Take a VR / 3D Tour of Vogue Super Model Closets ROGUE, a creative boutique in NYC (www.postgonerogue.com), specializes in high-end production and post-production for film, advertising, and digital. Since its founding two years ago, Executive Creative Director, Alex MacLean and his team have produced a large body of work demonstrating their expertise in Color Grading, Finishing and Visual Effects with clients like HBO, Vogue, Google, Vice, Fader, and many more. For the past three years MacLean has also been at the forefront of VR/360 content for narratives and advertising, and understands the challenges and rewards of post artists working in VR. ...Read More »
Z CAM & ASSIMILATE Announce Integrated S1 VR Camera and SCRATCH VR Z Bundle for Professionals, Now at $3999 The Z CAM S1/SCRATCH VR Z Bundle - from image acquisition with Z CAM's S1 Professional VR Camera, and stitching with its WonderStitch software, through to a streamlined VR post-production workflow with ASSIMILATE's real-time SCRATCH VR Z tools. With this ease of use and increased productivity, content creators benefit with the ability to focus on their creativity and storytelling rather than wrangling the complexities of technology. ...Read More »
Filmmaker Cole Claassen Capture the History of Country Music Through the Songs of Singer and Songwriter Dean Dillon How does a chance encounter bring about an on-the-spot decision to make a feature-length documentary? For Cole Claassen it all started with country music. "We wanted to shoot in 4K and had heard so much about the URSA Mini 4.6K," noted Claassen. "Its size was very convenient to our run-and-gun, fast setup format that we were basically regulated to by the celebrity interviewees who were very busy and kind enough to give us the time they did. We needed to be fast when interviewing the artists, and the URSA Mini 4.6K was a great choice for the job." ...Read More »
360 Production By Miles Weston In addition to a strong roster of mainstream streaming entertainment, Hulu is also looking around the corner to meet the consumer's almost insatiable appetite for new, great, different content. They recently released Curious Minds in 360 degree viewing featuring Domonic Monaghan perhaps best known for his role in The Lord of the Rings and other feature films. Cream VR's Andrew MacDonald gives you a behind the scenes look at the show's production with a hint as to where 360/VR will take us in the near future. It's an exciting read and even more exciting to immerse yourself in. ...Read More »
Creating 360 Video When people thing of VR (virtual reality) or AR (augmented reality) most think of it placing you inside an interactive synthetic world (VR) or an enhanced interactive version of the real world (AR). But the most common form of this technology is 360 video. ...Read More »
ROGUE NYC Specializes in VR Production And Post Using SCRATCH VR ROGUE, a creative boutique in NYC (www.postgonerogue.com), specializes in high-end production and post production for film, advertising, and digital. Since its founding two years ago, Executive Creative Director, Alex Maclean has produced a large body of work that demonstrates his color grading and finishing expertise in branding content for clients like HBO, Vogue, Google, Vice, Fader, and many more. For the past three years MacLean has also been at the forefront of VR/360 content for narratives and advertising. In a recent interview MacLean discussed the challenges and rewards of working in VR. ...Read More »
Karen Allen Brings "A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud." To Life Known for her roles in front of the camera in "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Animal House," "Scrooged" and more, Karen Allen recently took on a new role: the director of "A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud." Adapted from the Carson McCullers tale, the new short film focuses on the story of a young boy and an old man that meet by chance at a roadside cafe and discuss lost love. ...Read More »
Content Insider #548 - Sharing Storytelling By Miles Weston VR is a video storytelling technique some scoff at it, laugh at it; while others are cautiously optimistic; and then there is the growing group of filmmakers who are professionally intrigued, push the envelope, make fantastic immersive films. There is plenty of outstanding 4K content being shot and delivered. Probably always will be but great VR is different. It not only lets the viewer in the story, it lets you control, explore, be an active part of the story. The SMPTE crowd were hungry to learn more about how the M&E industry can continue to tell the best stories, the best way even when they have to turn the story over to the viewer. In the final analysis great stories come from great filmmakers. ...Read More »
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